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A Photo for Friday

“Uncertain Path” June 28, 2016 near Cleveland, AL.

Norovirus Reportedly Striking Some Attendees At Republican Convention

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There are reports of a particularly nasty virus striking the Republican National Convention: CLEVELAND — The highly contagious norovirus appears to have hit the Republican National Convention. A dozen California Republican Party staff members, who arrived last week in Ohio ahead of the state’s delegates, have fallen ill with the virus, said Jim Brulte, chairman […]

A Bizarre First Day for Republican National Convention

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I haven’t yet watched any of the 2016 Republican National Convention but the first day was a beauty.

Afghan Teen Attacks Hong Kong Family on German Subway With an Ax

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Another bizarre attack that may be part of a larger pattern. Or a random act by a deranged individual. BBC: A teenage Afghan refugee armed with an axe and knife injured four people on a train in southern Germany before being shot dead by police, officials say. Three people in a group from Hong Kong […]

Trump Vice-Presidential Announcement Delayed

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In the wake of last night’s apparent terrorist attack in Nice, Donald Trump’s campaign has delayed the announcement of the candidate’s running mate announcement, but we should know by early this afternoon if it really is Indiana Governor Mike Pence: CLEVELAND — In a stunning move late Thursday, Donald Trump said he was scrapping his […]

Boris Johnson UK’s New Foreign Secretary?!

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In her first official act as prime minister, Teresa May has appointed known nutjob Boris Johnson to run the UK’s foreign policy.   Let’s just say I was not expecting that.

Evan Bayh Seeking To Return To The Senate

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Evan Bayh is reportedly ready to enter the race to reclaim his old seat in the Senate: WASHINGTON — Former Senator Evan Bayh, Democrat of Indiana, is expected to announce that he will run to reclaim the job he gave up in 2010, a move that could strengthen the Democrats’ prospects of winning majority control […]

Presidential Debate Schedule Announced

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The Commission on Presidential Debates has announced the dates and venues for this fall’s Presidential and Vice-Presidential debates: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will participate in three general election debates from September through October, according to the schedule released Thursday by the nonpartisan organization that sponsors the debates. The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) announced […]

Leadsom Withdraws from UK PM Race

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Or, more accurately, she withdrew from the race to be leader of the Conservative Party, which would have lead to her being PM had she won. The BBC reports:  Theresa May set to be UK PM after Andrea Leadsom quits In a speech earlier on Monday setting out her leadership campaign platform, Mrs May – […]

Sydney H. Schanberg, New York Times Reporter Who Chronicled Khmer Rouge Terror, Dies At 82

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Sydney H. Schanberg, the New York Times reporter who chronicled the rise of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia in the mid-1970s and whose reporting became the basis for the critically acclaimed film The Killing Fields, has died at the age of 82: Sydney H. Schanberg, a correspondent for The New York Times who won […]

Corker, Ernst Withdraw From Trump’s Veep Consideration

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Two potential Donald Trump running mates in the Senate have taken themselves out of contention. First up, Tennessee Senator Bob Corker said he’d prefer to focus on policy from the Senate: Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee who has recently emerged as a finalist in the search for […]

Donald Trump Raises $51 Million In June

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Donald Trump raised a surprisingly robust $51 million for his campaign and the GOP in June: Donald Trump raised more than $26 million through online and mail solicitations in June and another $25 million at events with the Republican National Committee, his campaign announced Wednesday, a hefty haul that his allies hope will put to rest anxieties in […]

The Philippines’ Disturbing new President

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Via Guardian:  Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte urges people to kill drug addicts Following a measured speech after taking his oath before a small audience inside the presidential palace, the outspoken leader paid an evening visit to a Manila slum and unleashed profanity-laden threats against drug traffickers in front of a crowd of about 500 people “These […]

Farange Makes his own Exit

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Another Brexit leader is making their own exit (via the BBC):  UKIP leader Nigel Farage stands down. So, Boris Johnson will not stand for the Prime Ministership and now Farange is quitting as leader of UKIP.  On the one hand, I can’t say that the UK is worse for either move, but it is striking […]

A FARC Primer

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For anyone interested in more on the FARC as the peace process progresses, here are two useful BBC pieces from about a week ago: Who are the Farc? and Colombia’s Farc rebels – 50 years of conflict.

Obama and the Seven Lightly Salted Almonds

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In “Obama After Dark: The Precious Hours Alone,” Michael Shear provides an interesting account of how this president works late into the night going through speeches and briefing papers and giving himself time to think. This factoid jumped out at me: To stay awake, the president does not turn to caffeine. He rarely drinks coffee or […]

13% Of Americans Would Prefer A Giant Meteor Over Trump Or Hillary

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Public Policy Polling’s new national poll finds that 13% of Americans favor a giant meteor striking the Earth over Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton: More than 1 in 10 voters say they’d prefer a giant meteor hitting earth over supporting Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. The left-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP) offered the hypothetical “Giant […]

Another Anti-Trump Republican

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This time it is Mark Salter, “the former chief of staff to Sen. John McCain and […] senior adviser to the McCain for President campaign”:  Why This Republican Won’t Vote for Trump.  He concludes a column that is basically a long list of troubles with Trump with the following: Whatever Hillary Clinton’s faults, she’s not ignorant […]

Hillary Clinton Raises $70 Million In June Alone

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Hillary Clinton’s campaign raised nearly  $70 million for itself and the Democratic National Committee for the just-concluded month of June: Hillary Clinton’s campaign reported Friday that it had raised more than $68.5 million for Hillary for America, the Democratic National Committee and state parties in the month of June. Of that total, $40.5 million went […]

Alvin Toffler, Author of ‘Future Shock,’ Dies At 87

Alvin Toffler, whose book ‘Future Shock’ and its sequels reached some level of mass popularity in the 1970s and 1980s, has died at the age of 87: Alvin Toffler, the celebrated author of “Future Shock,” the first in a trilogy of best-selling books that presciently forecast how people and institutions of the late 20th century […]

On the Usage of “Radical Islam”

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Via Vox:  I worked in the CIA under Bush. Obama is right to not say “radical Islam.” When I directed the Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program at the CIA in the early 2000s, I frequently interacted with senior Bush administration policymakers about how to engage Muslim communities and, when doing so, which words and phrases […]

A Photo for Friday

“Untitled” From the Gardens at Ivy Green (Birthplace of Helen Keller) Tuscumbia, AL 6/29/16

From the “You Can’t Make this Stuff up File”

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Via AL.com: Man wearing skeleton costume, 2 others steal erectile dysfunction drugs from Alabama pharmacy.

Trump: The Pro-Torture Candidate

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Via the BBC:  US election: ‘I like waterboarding a lot’, says Donald Trump “We have to fight so viciously and violently because we’re dealing with violent people,” Mr Trump said. At one point, he asked the crowd: “What do you think about waterboarding?” They cheered as he gave his answer: “I like it a lot. […]

Turkish Airport Attackers From Former Soviet Space (Or Not)

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The men who carried out the terrorist attack on Turkey’s key airport were from Russia, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan. Turkish officials believe they were ISIS-related. CNN: Turkish authorities have now detained 22 people in connection with the Ataturk Airport attack, a Turkish official told CNN on Thursday. […] The official also said that Turkey has determined […]

British Labour Party Leader Loses No Confidence Vote

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In the latest example of the political backlash growing out of last week’s Brexit vote, Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, lost a no-confidence vote among Labour’s Members of Parliament, but he says he will not leave office even as his position seems to become more and more precarious: LONDON — Britain’s […]

Army to Allow Rolled Sleeves on Cammies Again

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After more than a decade, the Army is back to allowing soldiers to roll the sleeves of their camouflage uniform in garrison: The practice was banned for years. Then there was a pilot program. The results were studied closely. And on Tuesday, the Army is expected to announce its big decision: Rolled sleeves on camouflage […]

Marines Remove ‘Man’ From Most Job Titles

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The Marine Corps has removed the word “man” from nineteen of its military occupation specialty titles, leaving only a handful of iconic instances intact.

Brexit Vote Setting Off Infighting In Britain’s Labour Party

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The outcome of the Brexit vote continues to reverberate throughout British politics. Already, of course, we’ve seen the outcome of the vote bring an abrupt and somewhat unexpected end to David Cameron’s time as Prime Minister, a move that could sweep pro-Brexit MP Boris Johnson into Downing Street. Now, there are signs that the vote […]

Info on the Panama Canal Expansion

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A nice set of inforgraphics:  Weekly Chart: Panama Canal Trade before and after the Expansion

When the NRA is Talking More Sense than Trump…

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Via the NY Post:  NRA says Trump’s Orlando comments ‘defy common sense’ Donald Trump’s suggestion that armed clubgoers could have prevented the worst mass shooting in modern US history “defies common sense,” according to the National Rifle Association — which is backing the tycoon for president but on Sunday had two of its top officials taking rare […]

Two Stunning Graphs about the State of the 2016 Campaign

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Via WaPo: The brutal numbers behind a very bad month for Donald Trump   Could Trump really believe that he can run a national campaign on rallies and free media via the news? And lest anyone think it is working, see the full piece which shows Trump’s current poll status in historical context.  Also note this: The […]

History Has its Eyes on You (Trump Edition)

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Timothy Egan in the NYT: A Week for All Time They will remember, a century from now, who stood up to the tyrant Donald Trump and who found it expedient to throw out the most basic American values — the “Vichy Republicans,” as the historian Ken Burns called them in his Stanford commencement speech. The shrug from […]

An Accurate Description of Trump/the State of the GOP

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Matthew Continetti on the Trump: It’s a joke. All of it: his candidacy, the apparatus of propaganda and grift surrounding it, the failures of governance and education and culture that have brought us to this place. What disturbs me most is the prospect that Donald Trump is what a very large number of Republican voters want: not a wonk, […]

SBC also Passed Resolution on Refugees

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I meant to note this yesterday along with the battle flag resolution via WaPo:  Southern Baptist Convention urges churches to welcome refugees In the midst of a political season in which political leaders have frequently decried refugees as a security threat to the United States, the nation’s second-largest religious group sent a different message about refugees […]

Another GOP Defection

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Via Politico:  Exclusive: Armitage to back Clinton over Trump Richard Armitage, the deputy secretary of state under George W. Bush, says he will vote for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, in one of the most dramatic signs yet that Republican national security elites are rejecting their party’s presumptive nominee. Armitage, a retired Navy officer who […]

Southern Baptists Vote to Condemn Confederate Battle Flag

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Via WaPo:  Southern Baptist Convention votes to condemn Confederate battle flag The Southern Baptist Convention, once founded as a pro-slavery denomination that aligned itself with the Confederacy, voted Tuesday to condemn the Civil War battle flag of the South. “It’s not often that I find myself wiping away tears in a denominational meeting, but I just […]

George Voinovich, Ohio Governor And Senator, Dies At 79

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George Voinovich, who had a long political career as both a Senator and Governor in Ohio, has died at the age of 79: George Voinovich, a former U.S. senator and two-term Ohio governor who preached frugality in his personal and public life and occasionally bucked the Republican establishment, died June 12 at his home in […]

Trump and Utah

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Via WaPo:  This new Utah poll is amazingly bad for Donald Trump No state voted more heavily for the GOP presidential nominee in 2012 than Utah. And in 2008, it was the third-most Republican state in the union. A new poll shows that Donald Trump is tied with Hillary Clinton in Utah. We’re not quite saying, of course, […]

Oscar Pistorius Gets Double Jeopardy

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Sprinter Oscar Pistorius served only one year in prison after being convicted of manslaughter. Now, he’s facing fifteen years in prison after being convicted of murder in the same case.

`Murica 1 Canada 0

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A Bald Eagle took a trip to Canada recently to send a message: He got his goose. The Vancouver Island Images Facebook page describes itself as “a place to explore and learn about this beautiful area.” However, a bald eagle recently turned that beautiful area into a brutal-full arena when it absolutely crushed the spirit […]

Hockey Legend Gordie Howe Dead At 88

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Gordie Howe, long-time player for the Detroit Red Wings and a legend in the National Hockey League, has died at the age of 88: Gordie Howe, one of the greatest and most durable players in the history of hockey, who powered his Detroit Red Wings teams to four Stanley Cup championships and was 52 years […]

Today in “Unclear on the Concept”

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The subject in question is prison with the persons who are unclear being the Bundys (via TPM):  Shocker: Bundy Bros Discover That Jail Inmates Have Fewer Freedoms Ryan Bundy wrote in the document that “my rights are being violated. My right to life is being violated. All of my First Amendment rights are being violated. […]

Plagiarism Plague in Russia

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Via Slate:  The Craziest Black Market in Russia.  Apparently, a lot of Russians are paying for dissertations: In the past few years alone, there have been credible allegations of dissertation plagiarism made against Russia’s minister of culture, the governor of St. Petersburg, and the head of the country’s top federal investigating authority. Just in the past […]

Dr. Heimlich Uses Heimlich Maneuver For First Time, Saves Life

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The doctor credited with creating the maneuver that has been used to save countless choking victims finally had a chance to use the maneuver he created in an emergency situation, at the age of 96: When he heard that a resident was choking, Perry Gaines, maître d’ for the Deupree House dining room, ran toward […]

Bubba Smith Is Latest Former N.F.L. Player Diagnosed To Have Had C.T.E.

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Bubba Smith, the former N.F.L. star who went on to have a successful career as an actor, is the latest former pro football player to be diagnosed as having a degenerative brain disease linked to repeated concussions: Bubba Smith, the All-Pro defensive end in the N.F.L. who went on to a second career as a […]

Hillary Clinton And Bernie Sanders Walk Into A Bar…..

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Last night’s Saturday Night Live cold open was most likely the last time we’ll see Larry David as Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders but, along with Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton, it was one of the best of the season: Very well done guys, although the first skit remains my personal favorite:

Twitter War between Head of OAS and President of Venezuela

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This is amazing, amusing, and very Twenty-First Century, via the BBC:  Venezuela Maduro OAS: Latin American ‘traitor’ row escalates The head of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, has accused the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of being “a traitor”. In a series of Twitter posts addressed directly to Mr Maduro, Mr Almagro also […]

Donald Trump Just 77 Delegates Away From Officially Clinching Republican Nomination

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To the surprise of nobody, Donald Trump easily won the Republican primary in Oregon last night, putting him 77 delegates away from clinching the Republican nomination for President: Donald Trump has won the Oregon GOP Primary, according to the Associated Press. Although all of Trump’s GOP opponents have been vanquished, he has yet to cross […]

John McCain In Trouble in Arizona?

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John McCain seems to be headed for the toughest re-election fight of his political career: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is facing a tough reelection bid while fighting unfavorable ratings,according to a new poll. The survey from the left-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP) released Tuesday found that McCain leads the Republican primary field with 39 percent, […]

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